Short Courses

You can find here a growing selection of short, non-partisan courses on a variety of topics that are relevant to our system of government. All have been reviewed by a balanced team of experts.  None should take more than 15-30 minutes of your time. Some are divided into sub-sections, in which case you will first see a short menu so you can go to the parts that interest you the most.
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Course 1

America: Republic or Democracy?

Is the US system of government a democracy or a republic? What is illiberal democracy? What kinds of government systems do other countries have?

America: Republic or Democracy?

1 lesson - 15 minutes
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Course 2

Democracy is Precious

Compare non-democratic and illiberal systems of government with our system. Why is our Republic, even with its faults, worth protecting and improving?

Democracy is Precious

1 lesson - 15 minutes
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Course 3

What Should Governments Do For Us?

Get an overview of what most governments typically do, with links to comparative data around the world.

What Should Governments Do For Us?

1 lesson - 15 minutes
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Course 4

Fear & Fear-Mongering

Fear-mongering is used a lot these days. Learn how detect it and how to handle it.

Fear & Fear-Mongering

1 lesson - 15 minutes
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Course 5

Political Trust & Distrust

Who can we trust to make decisions about policy priorities? Is there a trustworthy system for choosing our leaders, policies, and projects?

Political Trust and Distrust

2 lessons - 30 minutes
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Course 6

The Presidency

How did the framer's trust and distrust shape their views on the presidency? What does the Constitution say about what presidents must and must not do? How do things work now?

The Presidency

7 lessons - 15 minutes each
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